Orlando marks 3 years since Pulse nightclub shooting

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People gather at the Pulse nightclub before a news conference to introduce legislation that would designate the site as a national memorial, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, F.L. (WFLA-TV) – It’s been three years since 49 people were gunned down at an Orlando nightclub in what’s considered the worst attack on gay people in the U.S. 

It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history until a year later, when 58 people were killed in a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation for Wednesday ordering state flags to be lowered to half-staff and asking Floridians to pause to remember the victims of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Cities around the state will pause to reflect and honor the memories of the victims. In Tampa, the Fortune Taylor Bridge was lit in rainbow colors as a tribute. 

In Orlando, people will gather at the Pulse Interim Memorial for an annual remembrance ceremony. Pulse survivors and first responders will be in attendance along with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. 

On Monday, U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy, both Democrats, said they were introducing legislation that would designate the site as a national memorial. 

The Associated Press reports Pulse owner Barbara Poma has established a nonprofit to open a memorial and museum at the site. About $14 million has been raised for the $50 million project. 

Gunman Omar Mateen was killed after a three-hour standoff by SWAT team members. He had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

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